11. 9. 2020
Written by: Metro Air
Thanksgiving is nearing and Christmas will be here shortly. The final two months of the year bring many expenses and many homeowners want to save money as much as possible. Did you know that your heating system could be costing you more money than necessary? Your home’s energy efficiency is important. And reducing your utility bill will put more money in your pocket. Here’s how to save money by making your furnace more efficient.
#1: Program your thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are the wave of the future. They allow you to control the temperature to the degree that you want, when you are home, away from the house, or asleep. These thermostats can save a significant percentage of money so at the end of the year, you can count the extra money in your pocket. Programmable thermostats work alongside already existing heating systems and are affordably priced.
#2: Don’t neglect your filters.
Replacing and/or cleaning your furnace filters is one of the most important things you can do to keep your system running at peak efficiency. Dirty filters cause the furnace blower motor to work harder than necessary, which can cause a spike in your utility bills. Not to mention, dirty filters can negatively impact your indoor air quality. We recommend changing or replacing your furnace filters every other month.
#3: Do an insulation and seal check.
Do you know if you have adequate insulation in your home? Maybe your windows are old and leak air in and out. Warm air inside that is being combated by cold air coming in through leaks and cracks causes your furnace to work harder. This translates to more wear and tear over time. Make sure you check windows and doors around your home to ensure there are no leaky areas and check your attic and basement insulation, too.
These are simple things that can make a big difference in your furnace efficiency this fall and winter. By following these tips, you could see a big cost savings! Freezing and below zero weather is here to stay for a while so contact our experienced team at Metro Air Heating and Cooling for a preventative maintenance tune-up. Or, if it’s been many years since your system has been replaced, we can help with getting a new furnace installed! We look forward to talking to you about how we can assist.
11. 2. 2020
Written by: Metro Air
November has arrived and winter is right around the corner. Is your home ready to combat the freezing and below freezing temperatures that are here to stay for a while? Preparing your home for sustained winter temperatures is important. Here are some helpful tips on how to get your home weatherized and ready.
Tip #1: Schedule annual furnace maintenance.
Don’t delay in scheduling your annual preventative maintenance appointment! When you turn on your heating system this winter, you don’t want it to malfunction! Our maintenance appointments are an incredibly important part of keeping your system running well all season. We will clean the filters, ensure all the internal components are working, then talk to you about any repairs or other issues that may need to be addressed. That way, you will be on top of things before the coldest part of winter arrives. Contact us soon because appointments fill up quickly.
Tip #2: Install a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are one of the best inventions yet! They not only help you get the temperature just right in your home, but you can save money, too! They are accurate and ensure your home is evenly heated. You can program it exactly how you want it. For example, program the thermostat to reduce the heat a bit at night or while you’re away at work, then have it readjust automatically at the time you desire. Using your programmable thermostat gives you the chance to reduce your utility bill and do your part in saving energy.
Tip #3: Make sure your doors and windows aren’t leaking air.
Having a well-functioning heating system can only do so much. If you have drafty doors or windows that leak your precious warm air outside, then the system must work harder to do its job. Ensure that all gaps in windows and doors are sealed with weather stripping or caulking. And if your windows and doors in your home are old, it may be time to consider replacing them for energy efficient ones. This helps not only in the winter, but in the summer too, when cool air-conditioned air leaks out.
Let us help get you scheduled for your routine maintenance appointment! Or, maybe it’s time to upgrade your furnace system before 2020 ends. Contact our team of experienced professionals about what great are available in your price range so you can stay comfortable during the cold months.